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Good to hear Yes

Always great to hear ‘Yes!’ It’s a good day when you get an acceptance for a juried show.

Thirsty is going to the Fables of the Eco-Future exhibition that will take place at the Hambidge Center’s Weave Shed, Rabun Gap, Georgia.

It opens Saturday, March 30 and runs through Saturday, June 8. During its run, the gallery will be open daily from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. On Saturday, June 8, they will have a closing event with music, readings, and artist talks.

I’m a Hambidge Fellow myself, and am a whole hearted supporter of what this exceptional artists residency makes possible – solitude and time to focus exclusively on creative work. It was here my Metamorphosis series was conceived and begun.

Harvest+Time + blue skies

After trying various backgrounds, including a view of  a cabbage garden, which turned it into the painting equivalent of the tv show Hoarders (Too. Much. Stuff.), I went with blue. Bit of violet at the base.

Happy now and back on schedule to be done for the November show. While I was up I added the directions on the compass and a bit of texture to the burlap drape. Still needs feathery carrot tops, and possible some layers of glaze on the leaves, but after languishing behind the drying room door for months, it’s on the home stretch.

Working on several canvases at different stages. Here’s the line-up.
Paradise Lost – Probably a third done. With a big push, it’ll be done by the end of February. I did the watering can today and the mossy band across the bottom has a zillion more twiddles and fidgets of moss, leaves and pine needles. Only a trillion more to go. Next – all those leaves along the top. It’s the priority. 30×40
Grind – One layer all over, so maybe one fourth done. The wood grain is interesting and the husk is looking good. I hope I am better with corn now that I’ve done spin. The coins are a beeyatch because I’m working from four or five references. At the end of today I painted the needles. I tapes them to a a board for angle, and set them next to the grinder for scale. They turned out to be so close to life size, I ended up holding the needle in my left hand and painting with my right. I went with no cap because a needle is dangerously sharp and adds that element to the painting. Also, I can always add the orange, but it would be very difficult to try to get rid of it. They worked out great. You would have thought I’d been painting hypodermics all my life. Now that I’ve made the decision to include this element, the title will revert to Corn & Consequences. 16×20
Spin – close to complete. just one more round on the darker area of the corn and a little glaze on the dark area of the yarn. A week or two to dry, then varnish. Want to enter it in a show with a Feb 8 deadline. 24×24
Seasonal – Two layers of snow done, no fruit started. Very small – 8×10 – but the white is really slowing me down. I’m thinking of it as a study for a larger version that will be 85% snow.
Harrow – maybe halfway, maybe less. It depends on how long a field of knee high grass blades take. But it is my least necessary piece. I can finish it whenever. 14×18
Equilibrium – Started yesterday. Did part of the chest top and the dark green silk background. Miles to go. 18×24
Calibration – gridded and gessed canvas, gridded reference. Prepped to draw. Tons of elements, a lot going on. 24×30

I know it sounds a little crazy, but they will all start popping off the line and out of the studio. Much like Metamorphosis. That’s the plan anyway.